Written Answers - Private Residential Tenancies Board

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 758 No. 1

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  347.  Deputy David Stanton  Information on David Stanton  Zoom on David Stanton   asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government  Information on Philip Hogan  Zoom on Philip Hogan   the funding made available and expenditure of the Private Residential Tenancies Board each year respectively since it was established; the number of staff employed by the board each year respectively; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12249/12]

  348.  Deputy David Stanton  Information on David Stanton  Zoom on David Stanton   asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government  Information on Philip Hogan  Zoom on Philip Hogan   if he will provide details of the number of applicants to the Private Residential Tenancies Board dispute resolution service in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and to date in 2012 respectively; the number of staff currently engaged in the dispute resolution service of the board; the average waiting time for applicants to access this service in each of these years respectively; the number of cases currently awaiting a decision; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12250/12]

Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Jan O’Sullivan): Information on Jan O'Sullivan  Zoom on Jan O'Sullivan  I propose to take Questions Nos. 347 and 348 together.

[219]I have no function in the operational matters of the Private Residential Tenancies Board (PRTB), an independent statutory body established on 1 September 2004 under the Residential Tenancies Act 2004. While the PRTB received Exchequer funding for a number of years, it has operated on a self-financing basis since 2010. The Table outlines the Exchequer funding received by the PRTB from 2004-2009.

Year Exchequer Grant
2004 €154,266.00
2005 €1,703,279.00
2006 €2,973,787.00
2007 €5,739,940.00
2008 €3,812,417.00
2009 €974,415.00

The PRTB publishes a range of statistics in their annual reports and accounts which are available on its website www.prtb.ie. The statistics include data on dispute resolution figures and on staffing levels. The most recently published report and accounts relate to 2010. The PRTB has a current staffing complement of 50 and it is required, under the Employment Control Framework, to reduce this number to 35 by the end of 2012.


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